Fred - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.36/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Batch 84 acquired via trade. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. A rather gentle pour brings forth a massive, creamy, well-sustained head like whipped cream on a Sunday. The lacing is majestic. The beer itself is clear, dark gold, and highly effervescent. THIS is what a beer looks like! On the nose I get sweet fruit-like notes with a hint of baking spices. It reminds me a lot of a Belgian Tripel. I get sweet pears, apples, and various phenols. I also get some alcohol and a hint of oakiness. Very nice.
Nice full body and an incredibly creamy, slick feel. There is sweet malt, some diacetyl that accompanies it nicely, and a rich toast and marmalade flavor. Along with all of this there is a perfectly balanced spicy hop additional that never overtakes the flavor and turns this into a West Coast Hop bomb. Everything about the profile of this beer is calculated and well-tuned. The finish is spicy, a tad dry, and sustained.
Wow, I am thoroughly impressed by this beer. It's difficult to describe, but I would say it combines the best qualities of a Belgian Tripel and an American Strong Ale. What surprises me most is that it's probably not even the best beer they make. It's a work of art by a true master of craft beer. To those of you fortunate enough to have regular access to these beers - I wish to express my great envy.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2013 00:34:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
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2.33/5 rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
Poured from the bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip glass.
Lifeless pour. No carbonation, just a gooey orange apricot glow out of the bottle, filling with an orange and a screeching lifeless faint tan collar on the edges. Nothing going on here.
Aroma is sweet malts and honey. Hop aroma hinting toward spiced pine, with some clove esters a bit. Sugary. Sucrose, and lots of syrup
Palate hints at what could have been. Flat flat lifeless body. Palate fills with a bit of woody hop and pine, but is overtaken by sugary syrup and sucrose thickness. Lifeless and overly sweet.
Remind me to never drink bottle Hair of the Dog ever again, I'll stick to the brewpub where the beers actually shine. This is a disaster, basically drinking liquid sucrose with a bit of hop bitterness.
--- Old review look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 | Final 4.3
Fred consists of very yellow almost lemon yellow opaque appearance. A good solid head that doesn't seem to dissipate too quickly.
The nose on the beer is quite surprising. An overwhelming sense of tropical fruit, specifically mango, and sweetness. Tastes of a sweet sugary honey, but not of heavy alcohol that linger in aftertaste.
An enjoyable beer but depending on your preference for fruit you may not care for it.
Serving type: on-tap
07-12-2014 01:20:49 | More by smakawhat
3.61/5 rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bought in Portland Oregon. Poured into a snifter, drank while watching a movie. Aged for a couple of months (at least 3 from purchasing date). Didn't pour sediment out as the bottle instructed.
A&S: upon opening this brew the carbonation pop was very lackluster. No head even when poured vigorously. Transparent dead light orange with hints of yellow. Smell consisted of sweet candies, malty tones, and some spiciness.
T&M: Taste was primarily sweet candy, earthy hops, complimented with an alcohol kick. In my opinion overly sweet. Mouthfeel with very thick and dead, no carbonation bite.
Overall: Honestly I think I over hyped this beer and it didn't live up to my expectations. I have only had two beers from this brewery, and even though I didn't find this one great, I really want to try more of their stuff based on recommendation.
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 05:16:33 | More by minterro
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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